Hospice supporters take to the air

20th May 2016

A Worcester fire and security expert will be amongst a team of thrill seekers taking on a wing-walking challenge this summer for St Richard’s Hospice.

Wayne Powell, from Worcester, will join nine others already signed up to take part in the adrenaline fuelled challenge in August. Each challenger will take off for an incredible experience, safely strapped into a 5-point harness, that will include zooms and climbs at speeds of up to 130mph.

St Richard’s Hospice have teamed up with Aerobatic Tactics for this special event, the only company in the UK to hold permission from the Civil Aviation Authority to offer such experiences to the public.

Mr Powell, whose daily role at Powell Fire & Security Limited is dedicated to keeping local people safe, will be feeling the fear and exhilaration of leaving behind solid ground for this special flight from Leicester Airport, passing close to cheering and waving friends and family.

Wayne said; “When I heard that St Richard’s were organising their first wing-walking day, I couldn’t resist signing up. This is a great opportunity to help a worthy cause and of course I’m looking forward to the thrill of being stood on top of a plane! I’ve always wanted to try wing-walking and have heard such great things about the hospice, so how could I refuse? My family and friends have been very supportive and I am confident that I will be able to reach my £1,000 fundraising target.”

To donate to Wayne’s challenge visit

There are still a few places on the St Richard’s group wing-walking day on Sunday 21st August. To find out more visit our Wing Walking event page.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.